Grated Carrot Salads

23 Sep

Carrots are a really underrated vegetable, the dense sweet roots are packed full of vitamins and nutrients, they are available almost all year round and they are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Once grated carrots become something quite special and make the most wonderful salads and sides. Here are just a few of the grated carrot salads I really like. I’ve given measurements here but really these are just an indication and it is best to add the spices and flavours to suit your own taste and the carrots you use.

Garlic and Oil
This salad dish is so simple and so delicious that you just can’t stop eating it. Our neighbour, Claudie, made this for us, with carrots from her garden, and we’ve been eating it ever since. As with all the recipes following simply mix all the ingredients together and serve.
bowl of grated carrots
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice

Orange and Cumin
This salad has a north African influence and is a perfect mezze dish.
bowl of grated carrots
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
grated zest of half and orange
juice of half and orange
1/2 tsp crushed cumin seed

Coriander and Lime
This salad uses Thai flavourings to make a zesty bright salad bowl of grated carrots
fresh coriander leaf, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp lime juice
pinch of home made chilli powder to taste
1 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce or both
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar

Indian Spiced
Wonderful served as a spicy side salad with other Indian foods.
bowl of grated carrots
2 green chillis, thinly sliced into rings
generous pinch of salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds, ground
1 tbsp mustard oil or chilli oil
1 tsp lemon juice

Chilli and Garlic
Hot and spicy this is more of a relish than a salad serve in small portions on the side.
bowl of grated carrots
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp home made chilli powder
juice of half a lemon
generous pinch of salt


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